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Tennessee statesman James Sasser donates papers to Vanderbilt

Jul. 1, 2013—James R. Sasser, a former three-term U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and his wife, Mary Sasser, have donated their papers to Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections.

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Co-creating TV’s hit show “Nashville” is just part of Steve Buchanan’s lifework

Jun. 28, 2013—The man the crowd knows as Deacon from the popular television show Nashville takes the stage at the Grand Ole Opry to screams of recognition. He starts with a sensitive ballad, and women of all ages stream past the lip of the stage and take his photo before being urged by ushers to make way for the...

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Tim Murray, EMBA’03, leads Aluminium Bahrain, one of the world’s top 10 aluminium producers

Jun. 27, 2013—You never know where a blind ad will lead you. It led Tim Murray from Knoxville, Tenn., to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East. Murray is CEO of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s top 10 aluminium producers. He joined Alba in 2007 as general manager of finance after applying to an ad in...

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Progress continues on construction projects this summer

Jun. 21, 2013—Alumni Hall’s yearlong renovation is nearly complete, while construction on the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center reaches a milestone. Read about these projects and more.

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Chancellor joins Tennessee leaders to press for federal research funding

Jun. 17, 2013—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and other state leaders met with members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., to urge support for sustained federal investments in science and engineering research.

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Global Element

Jun. 17, 2013—Tim Murray, EMBA’03, proves his mettle at Aluminium Bahrain You never know where a blind ad will lead you. It led Tim Murray from Knoxville, Tenn., to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East. Murray is CEO of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s top 10 aluminium producers.

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Fun and Games with Deena Dill, BS’92

Jun. 10, 2013—Deena Dill is probably one in a million—a busy actress and producer who’d rather work light-hearted sitcoms and game shows than become the next Meryl Streep. “Game shows are certainly not a niche most people in the industry gravitate toward, but it’s what I like,” she says. “I don’t know if that’s smart, but I...

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Making a better tomorrow tomorrow

Jun. 10, 2013—Campaign finance expert Matt Sanderson ’08 serves on the Colbert Super PAC legal team. Matt Sanderson, Class of 2008, appeared before the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on June 30, 2011, with his boss, former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter, now a member of Caplin & Drysdale, and their client, comedian Stephen Colbert. Within less than an...

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Kofi Dadzie, BE’00, Wunderkind of West Africa

Jun. 9, 2013—During a 1997 summer internship, Vanderbilt mechanical engineering student Kofi Dadzie had a brilliant idea: Enormous opportunities awaited someone who could bring a combination of business principles and information technology to his homeland, Ghana.

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Transformer: John Elkington, BA’70, Revived Memphis’ Iconic Beale Street And Helped Bridge A Racial Divide

Jun. 8, 2013—Thirty years ago John Elkington stood near the Mississippi River and looked east down historic Beale Street. The legendary jazz district, where blues pioneers W.C. Handy, Muddy Waters and B.B. King once played uniquely American music, resembled a war zone. The iconic area had become a wasteland of abandoned and boarded-up buildings where trash littered...

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Lu Zeph, EdD’83 Disabilities Advocate

Jun. 8, 2013—Lu Zeph believes people with disabilities have both a civil and a human right to develop their abilities in an inclusive community. “The disability rights movement is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement,” she states. Both faced similar opposition, she says, and both have advanced society.

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For fans who’ve stuck with Vanderbilt through thick and thin, this is a season like no other

Jun. 4, 2013—In December 2010, a relatively unknown Maryland assistant football coach named James Franklin arrived in Nashville to occupy a hot seat that had scorched a long list of more seasoned men—that of Vanderbilt University’s head football coach.

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